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Reader argues there is another way to reduce congestion at troublesome intersection

To the editor:

As to the bypass and Wilsonville Road dilemma that has transpired since before the bypass opened, one idea that still sticks with me is one I shared with the Oregon Department of Transportation back then and was told it would not work.

But it would have not only helped the residents at the end of what was then Springbrook Road on the south end, but also reduce traffic on the now heavily-used Springbrook Road section. It would also aid in all the residents that are on Wilsonville Road and want to shop in Newberg.

So what is this great and wonderful idea that no engineer can come up with, but an old farm boy says will save the world? Just think of what could be if there was a road connection between Brutscher Street (by Fred Meyer) and Wilsonville Road. Everyone from that corner and area could then get home after shopping since left turns are not allowed now on Springbrook Road. They could go straight or somewhat (depending on the route used) from Highway 99W to Wilsonville road.

And they could do it without having any effect on the Springbook Road traffic. And if it was designed now, it could be worked into the plan for the new bypass extension that would cross there.

And how much work is it and how many are affected? Sorry to say that maybe one home might be in the way. And I hate to see that happen to anyone, but maybe the time has come to work things out to help many others as well.

Pull up a Google Earth map or maybe an old paper one and look across from the Fred Meyer area to Wilsonville Road. This could work.

Maybe a few letters or phone calls asking for them to at least look at this option might help. But we need to get involved to tell them what we need.

Roger Currier, Newberg


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